Established by Rebecca Kennedy in 2018, Curae Collections Care, LLC aims to offer innovative and pragmatic solutions for collections management, registration, preservation, exhibitions, and emergency response within cultural heritage institutions. Curae approaches collection challenges with a deep consideration of an institution's mission, capabilities, and objectives. Our engagement with clients spans from single-day consultations to multi-year involvements, tailored to each institution's unique requirements.
In sync with the evolving cultural landscape, Rebecca diligently maintains expertise by actively participating in conferences and trainings. Curae has been privileged to work with over twenty cultural institutions worldwide spanning distinct projects to comprehensive programs for systematic collections care and management. Upholding the legal and ethical benchmarks set by AAM, AIC, ICOM, and ARCS is integral to our operations .
Our name, Curae, derives from Latin, signifying "to care for," encapsulating our dedication to addressing the multifaceted challenges inherent in collections management and registration within museums and cultural institutions. Curae proudly holds certification as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) granted by the Small Business Administration and is registered in the Systems for Award Management as an approved vendor for government and General Services Administration requisites.
With nearly two decades of experience, Rebecca Kennedy has collaborated with diverse collections and cultural institutions to elevate the preservation and management of collections. Following the completion of an MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, Rebecca dedicated eleven years to preservation and collections management at the Smithsonian Institution before founding Curae in 2018.
Rebecca earned certification in First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis from ICCROM in 2016, equipping her to impart expertise to other cultural institutions regarding collections emergencies. She has held leadership roles as the former chair of the ARCS and AIC Emergency Committees, the DC Alliance for Response Steering Committee, and as an inaugural member of the Smithsonian’s Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergency (PRICE) group. Over recent years, she has adeptly responded to numerous institutional and national emergencies, offering invaluable support to cultural institutions.
Rebecca contributes actively to committees within the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and Association of Registrars and Collections Specialist (ARCS), demonstrating her commitment to bolstering the cultural institutions and their workers. Additionally, she serves as an editor for the Collections Journal and imparts her knowledge as an instructor on Collections Management for the George Washington University. As a peer-reviewed Professional Associate (PA) of AIC, Rebecca garners recognition for her contributions as an allied professional within the conservation community.
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